The Fountain at Jardine

I processed a similar image last year, which was taken from the ground, at the end of the pond.  It’s now the image I use for the header of this site and you can also check out my Lights of Jardine post to see it.  This image was taken a few months after the first one.  In this photo I was able to capture the fountain while it was lit up and the long shutter speed (several seconds) made it nice and silky.  I took this from a third floor balcony of one of the apartments, so this is the kind of view you would get if you were living there.

Processing the image proved to be a bit of a challenge.  I used the brushes in Aperture 3 to tune specific parts of the photo, mostly applying the “intensify contrast” adjustment. (I’m thinking about writing a tutorial on how I processed this photo.)  An aperture of f/8 was enough to give the lights a star like effect.  The most challenging part to edit was the edge between the roofs and the sky.  The result of the HDR processing was quite noisy so I used Noiseware to take care of it, although I did loose some detail.  Sharpening was done in Photoshop using the unsharp mask filter.  It does a good job.

The Fountain at Jardine

Some details about this photo:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: DA L 18-55
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 18mm
Aperture: f/8
3 image HDR, bracketed from -2 EV to +2 EV


Lights of Jardine

This blog has not been updated in ages.  Grad school has been very busy.  I have managed to go out and shoot a few times though.  One night, as I was walking back to my dorm from the recreation center after playing badminton, I took a short-cut through the Jardine apartments and… I was like.. Awesome! so many lights and reflections and a fountain and… perfect for HDR!  So I came back another night with camera and tripod in hand.

For this image I took three photos with different exposures, combined them using the Aperture 3 Photomatix plug-in, and did further edits in Aperture 3, like adding contrast and sharpening.

Lights of Jardine